POKHARA, Sept 30: Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Shankar Bhandari today said there was no alternative for the ruling parties and the opposition to standing together for the implementation of the constitution.
"The process has moved ahead to amend the constitution to address the demands of the dissenting Madhes-based political parties and I believe that the UML will help in the process," said Bhandari while inaugurating a workshop on 'forest for prosperity and higher education' organised by the Institute of Forestry (IoF), Pokhara.
Saying despite various political changes in the past, the condition of the country is still not progressing, he stressed the need for consensus, cooperation and unity among all until country's transition ends.
On the rampant smuggling of wildlife and vegetation, Minister Bhandari expressed concerns over the incident, viewing that manpower working in forest sector would play a great role in controlling such incidents.
Likewise, National Planning Commission member Dr Prabhu Budhathoki was of the view that proper forest management would help make the country prosperous by eliminating poverty and famine.
Secretary of the forest Ministry Dr Krishna Chandra Poudel identified some challenges in the development of forest sector, urging the state to confront such challenges and move on instead of running away from them.
Other participants like IoF dean Krishna Raj Tiwari, campus chief Dr Bir Bahadur Khanal Chhetri, chief of the planning section of the Tribhuvan University Dr Ridish Kumar Pokharel and Prof Binod Hyuju laid out the need for the sustainable development of forest for the prosperity of the country. RSS